Becky was just on about pinestraw the other day -- it really is the best mulch & also, like red dirt, come on!
As I told her, I love it so much, and as we can't buy it here in garden supply, I order it from an outfit in Texas for our garden.
Pinestraw, or "needles," as we call them in this other application, are also the best-best tinder; they go up like flash paper. I do not have these shipped from Texas, since it is possible to collect enough for an entire season of firestarting in 3 or 4 paper grocery bags.
Whenever I am willing to arise for the laying & lighting of a fire -- instead of going upstairs where it is more accommodating of reclining, or just ending my reclining time for the commencement of bustling -- when I look up, thinking, "Omg, it's cold in here, something must be done!" it is invariably 53° way down on the first floor, every single time. You could set your thermometer by it!